Games: Aussie boxer gifted first medal of Games without a punch thrown

Beach on the Gold Coast. Credit Matthew Abbott for The New York Times

Beach on the Gold Coast. Credit Matthew Abbott for The New York Times

Australia's 4x100-meter women's freestyle relay team has done it again, breaking its own world record on the opening night of the swim program at the Commonwealth Games.

It was Australia's second gold medal Thursday, the opening night of competition at the Anna Meares Velodrome in Brisbane.

In the men's race, Olympic gold and silver medallists Alistair and Jonny Brownlee of England trailed home 10th and seventh as the 2016 bronze-winner Henri Schoeman accelerated away for gold.

Miley, 28, was bidding to become the first Scot to claim three consecutive golds in the same event at the Commonwealth Games after winning gold at Delhi 2010 and Glasgow 2014. "When we set the world record (at Rio) it was a really quick time and we weren't expecting to get near it tonight". "I think that as perfectionists we can always look for the next thing and we don't stop and appreciate the incredible moments when they happen and this is one of those rare and incredible moments".

"I felt like the adrenalin was still going", Jack said. Horton recorded a time of 3:43.76, with McLoughlin following in 3:45.21.

The rain didn't dampen the spirits of 35,000 spectators at the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony last night. "Ten thousand people cheering for you is pretty unreal".

There was some controversy in the morning qualifying when world champion Ben Proud was disqualified from the 50-meter butterfly at the Commonwealth Games on Thursday and lost an appeal against the decision. Blair Evans of Australia took the bronze.

"Whenever I race, I want to feel like I'm in control and part of that is telling yourself that you're in control", he said.

Muhammad Azroy Hazalwa won the first of two gold medals for Malaysia in weightlifting, a result he celebrated by dancing and doing a lap of honour of the lifting area.India also won their first gold through women's 48kg world champion weightlifter Chanu Saikham Mirabai, who set three new Commonwealth records in her runaway win.

Wilby came with a late rush to tip out Murdoch in the 200m breaststroke final by 0.27secs in 2:08.05 with Australian Matt Wilson third.

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